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A graduate of the Royal College of Art, David Adjaye started a small practice in 1994, and quickly established a reputation for reconstructing cafés, bars and private homes. In 2000 he reformed his studio as Adjaye/Associates with eight employees - the firm has now expanded to 35. In 2001, Adjaye won the high-profile Idea Store competition to design two new-build libraries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He was also awarded the commission to design the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham, which realises the dream of the late MP and civil rights leader Bernie Grant. The office is working on the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Norway, a prototype house in Nanjing, China, an arts building for London-based inIVA/Autograph and the new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

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